Bhaktapur Durbar


Bhaktapur means a city of the devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. During the tour of Bhadgaon, a visit to Durbar square is unavoidable. It has innumerable temples and architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the Palace of 55 Windows,

Bhadgaon, also known as Bhaktapur, 14 km east of the Kathmandu City, is situated at an altitude of 1401 m. It is the home of medieval art and architecture. This city shaped like a conch-shell covers an area of 4 square miles. Bhaktapur means a city of the devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. During the tour of Bhadgaon, a visit to Durbar square is unavoidable.

This Durbar Square has innumerable temples and architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the picture gallery, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 Windows, the Batsala Temple, the Bell of Barking Dogs and the replica of Pashupatinath Temple. The Lion Gate, built by Bhupatindra Malla, is adorned with the stone figures of Barnana Narasingh Narayan. The statue of Bhupatinclra Malla in the devotional position is placed on a column facing the palace. This statue is considered to be the most magnificent among the many statues available in Nepal. The picture - gallery contains ancient paintings belonging to Hindu and Buddhist schools of tantrism.

The Golden Gate is the entrance to main courtyard of the Palace of 55 Windows and was built by King Ranjit Malla. It is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind in the world. The door is surmounted by figures of goddess Kali (goddess of power) and Garuda is attended by two sky nymphs.

The Palace of 55 Windows was built in 17th century by King Bhupatindra Malla. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design is the balcony of 55 Windows, one of the masterpiece of wood carving.
The stone temple of Batsala Devi located in front of the Durbar palace is full of intricate carvings, setting a beautiful example of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal. A sensitive bronze bell on the terrace of the temple is know as the "Bell Of Barking Dogs ". It is said that when it is rung the local dogs start barking in agony. The colossal bell was placed in 1737 AD by King Ranjit Malla to sound curfew and emergency during his reign. The bell is rung every morning while worshiping Goddess Taleju.


Nepal has eleven national parks, two wildlife reserves and six conservation areas. Most of the national parks are open for jungle safari tours where you can ride an elephant or take a jeep safari and head deep into the jungle to see Nepal’s diverse wild life closely.

This can be a delightful family activity as you can stay at a luxurious forest resort where you can relax by the poolside and then take a morning trip into the jungle and the marshes to see Nepal’s animals.

The jungles of Nepal have a variety of species but the rare ones are its Alligators, Royal Bengal tigers and the elusive One-horned Rhinos. You can also see Golden jackals, Fishing cats, jungle cats, Leopards, Indian civets, Spotted linsangs and Honey badgers. There are also a variety of bird species like the White-eyed Buzzard, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Oriental Magpie, Jungle Myna, Bar-headed Goose, Asian-openbill Stork, Black-crested Bulbu, Lesser-adjutant Stork, Bengal Florican, Peafowl, Spotted Eagle, Swamp Fancolin, Egrets, Brahminy ducks, among hundreds of other rare and beautiful birds.

Jungle Safari in Nepal is not just about going deep into the Jungle but it’s about comprehending and observing the wild side of Nepal. Near the resort you can also see the crocodile breeding centre or the Elephant breeding centre. You can also join in the elephant bathing process as the elephants dip into the water and take a bath.

Jungle Safari will help develop a deep love and compassion for the animals in the forests. Nepal’s beautiful forests are well protected and are home to rare animals that have found refuge here. This is their natural habitat and you can see them wandering in the forests, an experience that cannot be replicated by visiting the zoo.


There cannot be another destination like Nepal, India or Bhutan which such variety of treks. While there are hundreds of moderate to strenuous treks that you can take, these destinations also offer you many soft treks and short hikes that even small children can undertake. These short treks therefore can be ideal for a family holiday.

These short hikes can be camping trips where you can camp at a beautiful meadow overlooking the mountains. Apart from the wonderful family vacation that you take together, the magnificent views of the majestic Himalayas is truly a rewarding experience. Hikes are all about coordination and togetherness, and therefore add flavour to a family holiday. While you are in Bhutan, you can take a short hike around the upper reaches of Thimphu or Paro. These are amazingly quiet hikes with astounding views of the valley below. Even though it’s near the city, you can find ample solitude during your hike. In Nepal, there are also a lot of short hikes that you can take around the Kathmandu valley. You can trek around Shivapuri, Chitlang or Chisapani. All of these treks will give you amazing views of the Himalayas.

There are also short treks around the Pokhara region. You can go up to Ghandruk or what is also known as the Poon Hill trek from where there are absolutely fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. At Himalayan Dreams, we believe in making use of Nepal and Bhutan’s amazing landscape to fill some fun into the family holidays that we offer. Trekking is not just about camping or looking at great vistas. It is about togetherness, family bonding and team work. It is in way like a family picnic with much more excitement and thrill.


Most people think that Rafting is a dangerous sport but for anyone above 12 years, it’s particularly safe. Each river is given a rating on the level of rapids it has. While Nepal has some of the wildest rivers in the world with extreme rapids, there are also quiet rivers with very small rapids where rafting can even be done by children. White water rafting is done wearing a life jacket so that the risk is significantly lowered.

You can enjoy a day of rafting with your family at a lower grade location of the river and after a thrilling adventure for a full hour; you can just relax at the beach and enjoy a great picnic with your family. While you are on a family vacation a simple tour may not be as exciting and thrilling so a low risk white water rafting is the perfect combination to spice up your trip.

You can do some white water rafting in Bhutan’s sombre rivers around Punakha too and in Nepal you can do it in Bhote Koshi and Trishuli. These are all famously exciting rivers and attract a large number of tourists each year. Himalayan rivers are intense but they are also calm at various points and therefore the thrill and excitement before facing a rapid becomes greater.


Other than tours, rafting, jungle safari, short hikes or soft treks and camping, there are still many more activities that you can do while you are on a family holiday. A perfect family activity in Nepal and Bhutan would be mountain biking. Nepal and Bhutan both offer exciting mountain biking trails that take you up the mountains along a rural empty back road that will eventually take you up to ridges which offer classic views of the mountain peaks of the Himalayas.

There are also other activities like paragliding which are considerably safer as you fly with an experienced pilot. For Paragliding, you will have to head to Pokhara in Nepal from where there are spectacular views of the Annapurna Mountains. India, as a destination also offers classic paragliding experiences in places like Mussorie, Darjeeling and Sikkim. Apart from Paragliding, you can also perform activities like rock climbing and canyoning and even bungee jumping is offered in Nepal. These are all safe activities with a lot of thrill and can easily become a part of a family holiday.

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